Daytona 24: AIM/Doncaster hour six notes

AIM Autosport enjoyed a strong first quarter of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Mark Wilkins started the Exchange Traded Gold No. 61 Lexus-powered Riley Mk XI, followed by Brian Frisselle, Burt Frisselle and David Empringham. The four steadily worked ...

AIM Autosport enjoyed a strong first quarter of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Mark Wilkins started the Exchange Traded Gold No. 61 Lexus-powered Riley Mk XI, followed by Brian Frisselle, Burt Frisselle and David Empringham. The four steadily worked through the field from their 17th-place starting position to eighth at the six-hour mark. Doncaster Racing also moved ahead in the first six hours. Race starter Dave Lacey, Greg Wilkins, Lance David Arnold, Tom Papadopoulus and Johnny Mowlem alternated stints, taking the No. 17 MineStar Tim Hortons Porsche 911 GT Cup car from 10th to fifth.

David Empringham: We're plugging away. The car's really, really good. We're trying to save the car, but also push as much as we can without risking anything. just got sprayed with oil so I couldn't see anything, but the track's really good."

Burt Frisselle: The first stint was fine. It's probably one of the most cautious stints of the race because there are so many cars out there, so it's good to just kind of get in a rhythm. Our car seems to be running perfectly. We can start to pick up the pace just a little bit, and hopefully just keep on running nice and consistent through the night."

Dave Lacey: "I'm thrilled with the way the weekend's going so far. We had a great start. The whole race has been caution-free, which is highly unusual. It's been great running for us -- this really plays to our strength because our drivers are so consistent in their times. The car is very sound mechanically; we were one of the last GT cars to pit under the fuel window."

Tom Papadopoulus: "This feels absolutely wonderful! I hope it's this good at the 23rd hour, so we can go even faster. It feels perfect."

-credit: aim/doncaster racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Empringham , Burt Frisselle , Johnny Mowlem , Dave Lacey , Greg Wilkins , Mark Wilkins , Brian Frisselle , Lance David Arnold